Problem tree

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A problem tree is a tool to clarify the hierarchy of problems addressed by the team within a design project; it represents high level problems or related sublevel problems.

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Goal

To have an overview of the problems faced.

Attachments

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Materials

    Instructions

    1. Brainstorm a list of design problems and write them down.

    2. Sort the list by importance or degree of abstraction.

    3. Write down the main problem close to the core branch, write the sublevel problems as branches of the problems they are related to.

    NOTE

    It might help to write down each problem on a small piece of paper, so you can shuffle them easily. The hierarchy could be from important to less important, or abstract to practical.

    OUTPUT

    An overview of which problems are at the core of a project, and which are concrete.

    NEXT

    Solve the problems, try to start with core problems. If this isn’t possible, go further into a sub level.

    Background

    Source: MediaLAB Amsterdam

    REFERENCE

    HOVLAND, Ingie. Successful Communication. A Toolkit for Researchers and Civil Society Organisations. London: Overseas Development Institute, 2005./

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